News After 15 months, Escambia emergency rental assistance program closes:

After 15 months of accepting applications, the Escambia County Emergency Rental Assistance Program has officially ended.

The application portal, which opened on October 18, 2021, is designed to assist eligible low-income Escambia County residents and families facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

Residents who have submitted applications for emergency rental assistance or requests for additional funding prior to January 24, 2023 will continue to have their applications or requests reviewed.

“However, due to a lack of funding, there is no guarantee that applications will be funded,” the county said. For more information, please contact the ERAP Help Desk at 850-403-6044 or

Emergency rental assistance is available to eligible low-income residents and families in Escambia County:

  • have been financially impacted by COVID-19;
  • Gross household income equal to or less than 80% of the area median income;
  • are at risk of homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Any other rental assistance has been received for the requested month.

Both renters and landlords need to submit applications, and reimbursements are paid directly to the landlord or utility provider. The program provides up to 12 months past due or deferred rent and utility payments to families in Escambia County.

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